I knew it had been a while since I wrote my last blog….didn’t realize it had been since October 28, almost two months ago! So I thought this would be a perfect time to talk about making time for the things that matter. As most of us have experienced, it is easy to get wrapped up in the day to day stuff and not make time for the important things. And it’s not that we aren’t busy, we are. The problem is that we allow our days to get so full of the busy work that there is little to no time for the important work. One of my favorite illustrations of this comes from Nora Sheffe, a consultant with the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS). Think about the following:
- take an empty mayonnaise jar and fill it with golf balls, is it full?
- now pour a box of small pebbles into the jar, is it full?
- pour a box of sand into the jar, is it full?
- then pour in a cup of coffee….
Here is the metaphor:
- the golf balls are the important things (family, health, passions etc.), things that if you lost everything else and only they remained, your life would still be full.
- the pebbles are the things that matter (job, house, car etc.).
- the sand is everything else (the small stuff) – if we fill the jar with sand first, with the small stuff first, we will never have room for the more important pebbles and golf balls.
- the coffee – no matter how full your life may seem, there is always room for a cup of coffee with a friend.
So, pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness, take care of your golf balls. Set your priorities, the rest is just sand.
For me this means scheduling time each week to blog so that my jar doesn’t end up full of sand leaving me with no room for my blogging golf ball.
Which golf ball will you take care of this week?